About Au Contraire 2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
The first domestic brand developed by the Taub family, owners of leading importer Palm Bay International, Au Contraire represents the family's return to their roots in the California wine business. This wine is a blend of Sonoma Coast vineyards from Sebastopol, CA to the new Fort-Ross Seaview AVA overlooking the Pacific. The full spectrum of Pinot Noir clones are represented. Older traditional California selections such as Martini, 2A, and Pommard are complemented by the more recently available Dijon clones (115, 667, 777), as well as low vigor selections from the Swan and Calera vineyards. Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and fully destemmed with no crushing. Moderate cold soaks (4-5 days), warm fermentations (85-90 F) with mostly native yeasts.. Total skin contact ranged from 11-18 days with all fermentations carefully basket pressed and put into barrel on their lees where it aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (35% new). Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave this a score of 90 points saying "A soft, pillowy wine with a velvety texture, this crowd-pleaser exudes coastal characteristics of forest floor, dark cherry and rhubarb, providing enough body to complement its lightness of being."